Tuesday, November 10, 2020

[M3] Visiting HMB Motorwerks and Lachs reunion

[note: this post, like an air-cooled 911, is back-dated to when these events occurred] 

Today I found myself near Sacramento to meet some friends, and something was rattling around in my brain... don't I have something else going on in Sacramento...? 

I got Josh on the phone and he welcomed me in at HMB to see the shop and how my car is doing. I haven't actually been out to see Josh's operation, when the car was ready he happened to be near SF so he simply drove my car back. (it's about 2h inland for those not familiar with the geography)

Josh has a great reception area. My CF plenum is currently serving as decoration.

He led me back into the garage and there was my car! And 5 other E30 M3s as well! (I won't post photos of those, not mine to share)

I had genuinely forgotten how nice my car looks. Haha. Front end is sitting a bit high though...

Oh, right.

LS swap! Nah, just kidding.

Over on the bench, my block. Next to that, a shelf full of bits that go in, on, and around my engine.

We are waiting for the JE pistons at this point, the ETA is a week from today. When they arrive, the block will go out to be bored and Josh can turn the corner from disassembly to reassembly. He's going to vapor hone the aluminum components for a squeaky clean end result. I also have a fresh coolant bottle so the sad brown original one won't crash the party under the hood.

I do have a spare valve cover, once this all done and dusted I will give some thought to a treatment other than the OEM wrinkle black. I can't decide if it would be too much, we'll see.

If you looked at a couple of these photos and thought, wait, that ugly silver one looks familiar... you're right! That's my old project Lachs car! Funny to have them both parked side by side in the same place. I sold that car to a friend, who sent it to Josh for an S54 swap. Having spent that October weekend with my dad's E46 M3, I imagine that will be a really fantastic combination.

Thank you Josh for humoring me and letting me kick around the shop and take photos. I could have spent all day there poking around with all the S14 engine internals. I can't wait for the end result of this build! It will be worth the effort.

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